With the number of huge issues on his plate, one of the criticisms of President Obama is that he is not able to prioritize issues and focus on one at a time.
From health care to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to the Iran nuclear threat, the problems facing this nation today are tremendous.
Yet, at the end of this week, the president has chosen to take on yet an- other challenge - bringing the 2016 Summer Olympic Games to his adopted city of Chicago. Obama's presentation in Copenhagen on Friday marks the first time a president will appear before the International Olympic Committee to personally bid for the Games. Of course, if he succeeds, it will mean a great deal for U.S. prestige, not to mention a windfall for the Windy City.
Also on the U.S. lobbying team are former Olympians as well as one of the president's top boosters from the entertainment world - Oprah Winfrey. A U.S. "win" in Copenhagen would be nice for U.S. standing in the world, but a loss would be deflating to U.S. pride and could hurt the president politically.
After listening to the "60 Minutes" interview with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, our general in Afghanistan, it's apparent that he also is one who does not like to lose. Last week, a report was leaked that showed McChrystal's concern that Afghanistan could be a lost cause if he didn't get additional troops.
The general has tremendous focus and it's obvious that he likes to lead from the front. He was in charge of the unit that captured Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
Obama has called Afghanistan a "war of necessity" and no one understands what it will take to win that war better than Gen. McChrystal. One of the most incredible bits of information from that "60 Minutes" interview was that Obama has talked with his top general in Afghanistan only once in 70 days!
Earlier in the day, on "Meet the Press", the president said: "The question that I'm asking right now is to our military, to Gen. McChrystal, to Gen. Petraeus, to all our national security apparatus, is - whether it's troops who are already there, or any troop request in the future, how does this advance America's national security interests?
Gen. McChrystal has already made it known that he may need 45,000 additional troops to accomplish what the president has called a "war of necessity." The violence has soared in recent days, and it's clear to the commanding general that the administration's commitment of 17,700 more combat troops and 4,000 trainers won't be enough to calm things.
Perhaps the president could do with a little less bouncing around the talk circuit earning face time with his friends in the entertainment world, and spend more quality time talking with his top military commanders. The general in charge of so many thousands of our young soldiers certainly deserves more than one call every three months!
By Jim Zbick